I went to a private Jewish school from kindergarten to 8th grade. In that sheltered environment, none of the student’s cursed. If they did curse or use profanity, it was not around me. For 9 years I was not exposed to the reality that nearly everyone curses and swears.
Entering a public high school was rough. I didn’t know anyone in the school except a few students who had left the private school previously. There was one boy who was in my grade who came to the high school with me, but I never saw him during the day, so it was like he wasn’t there. I joined a clique for a few weeks, but I was then kicked out of the group because I “didn’t fit in”. Thanks guys.
What hurt the most when entering high school was the enormous amount of cursing. I used to flinch, to physically wince, every time someone cursed. The fact that I don’t have a physical reaction to profanity anymore, now that it has been over a year later, makes you wonder how society changes you. I don’t flinch anymore, but it still bothers me when I hear or read profanity.
The use of profanity doesn’t help you. I don’t understand why people feel the need to express themselves in such a displeasing manner. I understand why someone would need to vent–life can be frustrating–but there is no need to use that type of language while venting. For the readers who do curse, swear, and use profanity, why do you feel the need to use those words? Did it ever help you in life? What was so bad in that moment that made you say those awful words?
Some may argue that words are just words, so cursing is just a “harmless” way of expressing yourself. My argument for those people is that words may be just words, but some words have “power”, for a lack of a better explanation. There are some words you just don’t say because of taboo or because of how society views those words.
At school and in the work place, there is often a dress code; there are rules on how to present yourself properly in order to achieve. Words also have some rules. There are words that you don’t use because they put people off, they make people uncomfortable, they bring out resentment, and they make the user look bad. Don’t use profanity because of how the words make you appear! No, you can’t see words that are spoken, but they create a window so that the listener can see your personality. Profanity makes you seem like you have a bad personality, that you are someone to stay away from.
Depending on your age, using profanity can make you appear like the stereotypical elderly person who has a bad temper and is always grouchy. You can look like a young adult who never grew up nor matured throughout high school because you continue to use senseless language. You can also appear like you are taking your good fortune for granted because you curse over the silliest things instead of looking at the big picture and realizing that you are living a wonderful life compared to what it could be.
I wish there was a day that was called “No Profanity Day”. Good luck making that happen, but it’s a nice thought. Please stop cursing, reader, and please tell your friends to stop cursing too. The world doesn’t need the bad language.